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Cooke was born in Mississippi and later relocated to Chicago with his family at a young age, where he began singing as a child and joined the Soul Stirrers as lead singer in the 1950s. Going solo in 1957, Cooke released a string of hit songs, including "You Send Me", "A Change Is Gonna Come", "Cupid", "Wonderful World", "Chain Gang", "Twistin' the Night Away", "Bring It On Home to Me", and "Good Times". During his eight-year career, Cooke released 29 singles that charted in the Top 40 of the Billboard Pop Singles chart, as well as 20 singles in the Top Ten of Billboard's Black Singles chart.

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FRANKY PEREZ Adds Two More Shows to Las Vegas Residency Inbox

By popular demand, FRANKY & THE ALL NIGHTERS have expanded their “Hot Vegas Nights” artist residency at Red Rock Casino Resort in Las Vegas. Originally announced as a five-show residency, two more performances—Saturday, July 6 and Saturday, July 27—have been added to the run through October. The full list of free shows can be found here!
Leslie Odom, Jr. to Bring 2024 Christmas Tour to BroadwaySF's Golden Gate Theatre

Leslie Odom, Jr. will perform his 2024 Christmas tour at BroadwaySF's Golden Gate Theatre this November.
Leslie Odom, Jr. Will Embark on 2024 Christmas Tour

Leslie Odom, Jr. has announced that he will embark on a Christmas tour this holiday season! The Broadway veteran and singer revealed that he will be performing 'holiday classics, seasonal favorites, and some surprises!'
Jenny Parrott Unveils New Single 'I Hear It All the Time'

Austin’s experimental folk artist Jenny Parrott (she/they) has unveiled their new single “I Hear It All the Time,” the latest taste from the upcoming album Love Spell, out June 28. Across the track, Parrott’s harmonizing vocals flow with melancholy, breezing over the complimenting synths as they lament the painful end of a toxic relationship. Listen to the song now!
The Allen Center Will Host FOREVER FREE in Honor of Juneteenth

The Allen Center in Newton, MA, will celebrate Juneteenth with Forever Free, a  concert of music that honors freedom and equality on June 19th with performances at 2 pm and 6 pm.

MUSE/IQUE’s next show of their 2024 season is The Judas of Folk – Dylan Plugs In,tracing the progression of folk music from its traditional roots to its role as the music of movements and protests; to Dylan’s bold swing, and beyond. 
TASH SULTANA Returns To North America For Six Summer Shows

Multi-instrumentalist, producer, singer-songwriter, engineer, and entrepreneur TASH SULTANA will return to the U.S. this summer with live shows including two festival appearances. The dates kick off July 5 in Chicago at the Rose on the River festival. Tickets for the shows go on sale Friday, April 26 at 10:00 AM (local time)
Review: AN EVENING WITH LESLIE ODOM, JR. at Pantages Theatre Minneapolis

Leslie Odom, Jr. is a multifaceted artist of immense talent, boasting a resume adorned with two Academy Award nominations, Tony and Grammy Awards, and three Emmy Award nominations.
BWW Q&A: Leslie Odom, Jr. on Performing At at Ridgefield Playhouse

BroadwayWorld chatted with Leslie Odom, Jr. about his upcoming performance at  Ridgefield Playhouse on April 18th, 2024.

MUSE/IQUE’s next show in their 2024 season, themed Make Some Noise: Music and Stories of American Defiance and Hope, is Really Big Show: How Ed Sullivan Changed America Every Sunday Night.
The Rev. Robert Jones Returns to Indianapolis Next Month

 Coming off his recent performance at the Library of Congress, Storytelling Arts of Indiana will welcome back to Indiana award-winning master storyteller, musician, historian and visionary, the Rev. Robert Jones, for its annual fundraiser, “Talk of the Town: The Impact of Blues on American Music” on April 13 at Eugene & Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center.
Meet the Cast of THE WIZ, Beginning Previews Tonight on Broadway

The Wiz is beginning previews on Broadway tonight, March 29, following its pre-Broadway national tour! Meet the cast of The Wiz here!
Interview: Joshua Henry at Southern Theater

“The idea of sharing music, especially my personal, original music and music from the icons of soul is especially gratifying. I love that feeling because this is from the heart; it was born from the heart of the soul.”
Nimbus Dance Presents World Premiere Collaboration INSIGHT/INCITE This Month

Don't miss the world premiere collaboration by NIMBUS DANCE, showcasing their innovative choreography and captivating performances from March 15-24.
Sara Jean Ford and More Join the Theatre Raleigh Concert Series

Theatre Raleigh has added Broadway performer Sara Jean Ford as well as local and regional performers to its 2024 concert series. Learn more about the full series lineup here!
Review: FOREVER PLAID at Castle Craig Players

On Saturday, March 2nd, I had the pleasure of seeing another phenomenal performance put on by the Castle Craig Players at the Almira F. Stephan Memorial Playhouse in Meriden, CT, FOREVER PLAID, a comedic jukebox musical written by Stuart Ross. Director Melanie Del Sole, with help from musical director Nick Ciasullo and choreographer Stephen Koehler bring out the best in this amazing cast featuring Henry Tobelman, Stephen Koehler, Jeffrey Rizzo and Brandon Gregoire, accompanied by David Marottolo on piano. The show reflects the music of the male 1950s harmony groups, placing it into a highly entertaining storyline! The actors have incredible stage chemistry with each other, and amazing vocal harmony. Their dance maneuvers are performed with sharp synchronicity. Most importantly, it is clear that they are having an excellent time performing their roles, radiating positive energy throughout the audience.
Spotlight: LESLIE ODOM, JR. at Staller Center for the Arts

Hamilton & Purlie Victorious star Leslie Odom, Jr., live in a rare solo show on Long Island!
Review: Boyz II Men Swoon The Audience at Foxwoods Resort Casino

Over the weekend, Boyz II Men took the stage at the Premier Theater at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Connecticut and captured the crowd with their romantic hits and more. 
The Hobby Center for the Performing Arts to Launch LIVE AT THE FOUNDER'S CLUB

The Hobby Center for the Performing Arts will open Live at the Founders Club, an intimate new cabaret nightclub experience. Learn more about the series!
Wayne Brady to Host the 35th Annual GLAAD Media Awards

This spring Brady returns to Broadway in the all-new production of The Wiz, leading the cast as the titular character. The highly-anticipated musical features award-winning creatives and producers including Schele Williams, Common, Amber Ruffin, Sharen Davis, Deborah Cox, Nichelle Lewis and many other talents.

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